Obliviously On He Sails: The Bush Administration in Rhyme

Obliviously On He Sails: The Bush Administration in Rhyme

by Calvin Trillin
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Obliviously On He Sails: The Bush Administration in Rhyme by Calvin Trillin

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Calvin Trillin's Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin.

Does the Bush Administration sound any better in rhyme? In this biting array of verse, it at least sounds funnier. Calvin Trillin employs everything from a Gilbert and Sullivan style, for describing George Bush’s rescue in the South Carolina primary by the Christian Right (“I am, when all is said and done, a Robertson Republican”), to a bilingual approach, when commenting on the President’s casual acknowledgment, after months of trying to persuade the nation otherwise, that there was never any evidence of Iraqi involvement in 9/11: “The Web may say, or maybe Lexis-Nexis / If chutzpa is a word they use in Texas.”

Trillin deals not only with George W. Bush but with the people around him—Supreme Commander Karl Rove and Condoleezza (Mushroom Cloud) Rice and Nanny Dick Cheney (“One mystery I’ve tried to disentangle: / Why Cheney’s head is always at an angle . . .”) The armchair warriors Trillin refers to as the Sissy Hawk Brigade are celebrated in such poems as “Richard Perle: Whose Fault Is He?” and “A Sissy Hawk Cheer” (“All-out war is still our druthers— / Fiercely fought, and fought by others.”).

Trillin may never be poet laureate—certainly not while George W. Bush is in office—but his wit and his political insight produce what has been called “doggerel for the ages.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307431547
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Since 1990, CALVIN TRILLIN has been The Nation’s “deadline poet,” contributing every week a piece of verse on the news. In discussing his political sympathies, he has said, “I am partial to politicians with iambic names that rhyme with a lot of disparaging words.”

From the Hardcover edition.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

December 5, 1935

Place of Birth:

Kansas City, Missouri


B.A., Yale University, 1957

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Obliviously On He Sails: The Bush Administration in Rhyme 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not everyone is a genius. Even Trillin with his keeness. He makes fun of those who try Trillin couldn't make it, Oh, my! And more nose snubbing horse rot. You too shall fall into the pot. Who make your living shaming Bush Your self is shamed with naked tush.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These poems are both funny and enlightening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr.Trillin is a jewel - what talent! He provided a delightful afternoon's read. You will smile and sometimes laugh out loud at his insightful musings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great read for all!!! Then again, when you paint yourself such an easy target as Bush, how can it be anything else but delightful?